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Get caught up in the infectious Cuban vibe of Trinidad and Havana.
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Seven nights accommodation, meals as per itinerary, sightseeing with English speaking local guides and transportation
Combine two of Cuba’s iconic colonial cities on this fascinating journey. Trinidad is often referred to as the Soul of Cuba and it is one of the main highlights of the island, offering travellers an oldworld colonial atmosphere. In Havana, be swept up by the infectious energy of the city with its vibrant nightlife, fascinating museums and enchanting colonial monuments.
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Visit Casa del Habano at Conde de Villanueva and learn how to hand-roll a Cuban cigar whilst drinking a delicious Cuban coffee.
Gain an appreciation of Havana's eclectic architecture with a panoramic tour along the Prado Promenade and elsewhere.
After a busy day sightseeing, relax at the beach and take a dip in Trinidad's tantalising turquoise waters.
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On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel located in Old Havana Town, an old colonial house converted to a boutique hotel.
Discover Old Havana from a comfortable and elegant horse-drawn carriage. This colonial-style exploration will take you along the outskirts of Old Havana, including Havana’s port, the Capitol Building, formerly the seat of government until 1959 and now home to the Cuban Academy of Sciences, the city’s most popular meeting place Central Park and Prado Promenade, one of the prettiest main streets in the old part of the city with a wide walkway lined with trees and stone benches. Continue to the Revolution Museum (former Presidential Palace). The journey includes a walking tour through Old Havana’s historical centre, Plaza de Armas and Plaza de San Francisco de Asís. This afternoon visit the Casa del Habano at Conde de Villanueva Hotel to see an expert hand-roll a Cuban cigar. Take some time to enjoy smoking a fragrant Habano while drinking a delicious Cuban coffee and a rum shot. This evening you will share dinner with a Cuban family at a small private restaurant or paladar where international and Cuban food is prepared with a special touch. (B) (D)
Appreciate the eclectic architecture of this city with a panoramic tour along the Prado Promenade and other streets that are home to wonderful examples of the Cuban versions of Art Deco, Art Nouveau, neo-Classic and neo-Gothic architecture. Continue to Vedado, where modern city planning includes the FOCSA building, the tallest building in the city, and the López Serrano edifice which was built in 1932 and the first skyscraper in the city, resembling a smaller version of New York’s Empire State Building. Visit the Art Deco former residence of Doña Catalina Laza, the Casa de La Amistad, one of the first Art Deco residences built in 1926. Continue your trip with a visit to Miramar where you can view residences from the 1940s and 1950s nestled alongside contemporary buildings. Stop at La Maison to view a scale model of the city before viewing some of the fortresses in Old Havana as well as a sample of the colonial architecture of this part of the city. This afternoon, you have the option to take a salsa dance lesson. Move your hips and feet to the pace of Cuban music for 90 minutes with the assistance of a qualified instructor in Old Havana. (B)
Travel by road to Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Cuba’s earliest settlements. It is often referred to as ‘the museum city of Cuba’ as the meticulously preserved town offers a window into the past; from its sprawling colonial palaces and plazas to its remnants of sugar mills and slave barracks from another era. (B)
Enjoy a walk through Trinidad’s historical centre. The city has an extraordinarily dense concentration of old colonial houses, many still inhabited by descendants of the old families. Admire the details of windows and balconies, the spacious interiors, the irregular cobble stoned streets; all of this in an atmosphere of vibrant music and friendly people. Visit one of the museums which presents objects relating to the town’s 500 year history. (B)
Today is at your leisure to explore the city or relax at the beach. An alternative option is to travel back in time by going to the Sugar Mill Valley via steam train. Stroll around the valley, visit the lookout and continue on to Casa Iznaga, where the owner’s house, a tower, some barrcones and original slave quarters still stand, and Casa Guachinango where the plantation house remains. (B)
Return to Havana and spend the day at your leisure. This evening, for your last night in Cuba, enjoy a night out at Café Taberna Beny Moré located in the heart of the old town. This was Havana’s first café when it originally opened back in 1772. Listen to the music of legendary Beny Moré, Cuba’s famous singer, and the great band reminiscent of 1950s music. Excellent dancers accompany the band to let you have a glimpse into the dancing skills of Cubans. (B) (D)
Your Cuban journey ends with a transfer to Havana Airport for your onward flight. (B)
Varadero Beach Escape
Extend your colonial exploration with a stay at the famous beach resort town.
3 days/2 nights from $665
Includes two nights accommodation, breakfast daily and return transfers from Havana.
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